Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - Proverbs 13

  1. Don't say the first thing that comes to mind when you get angry (v.3). When we get angry it is easy to let off steam and tell people what we feel. We feel justified in tearing somebody up in our anger. The problem is we usually destroy our reputation when we get “ticked off" and say what comes to mind. Keep your mouth shut. Walk away. Take a deep breath. Pray. Calm down then speak carefully, directly and calmly. We don't just need to guard our lips around those that anger us but we need to guard our lips around our family and friends. It doesn't take long for our own family to start avoiding us because we are a continual gripe.
  2. If you don't learn to save, even if you win the lottery, you will drift into poverty (v. 11). Debt and poverty is usually not because of a lack of money but starts with a mindset on how we treat our money. If we are comfortable spending hastily and needlessly we will always live beyond our means, no matter how much we have. Learn to live below your means and always save a little, no matter how much you make.
  3. Be careful of your friends. They will make or break you (v. 20). Your friends will influence your life. There is no way to escape this fact. Choose them carefully. You will become like them over time. Do the hard work of weeding out of your life friends of bad influence that bring you down. This means you may need to be "friendless" from time-to-time. Be willing to be alone.
  4. You can't take it with you but you can leave it behind to bless your family (v. 22). How can you be a fool in retirement? Spend all of it! You have seen the bumper sticker on the back of the red Corvette driven by an 80-year-old man, "I am spending my children's inheritance." Since people cannot take their money with them when they die, they try to spend it. That is foolish. The best thing to do is leave an inheritance for your children and grandchildren to help them buy a house and pay the bills that come with that busy middle stage of life. This shows great care for your family instead of just for yourself.

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